Naomi Campbell Feels XMas Spirit, Celebrates Off-Broadway

Naomi Campbell Feels XMas Spirit, Celebrates Off-Broadway

Campbell and dates Marc Jacobs and Pat McGrath see "A Soulful Christmas" off-broadway.

Campbell and dates Marc Jacobs and Pat McGrath see "A Soulful Christmas" off-broadway.

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

Not since Hamilton has an opening night brought together so many fashion powerhouses as that of A Soulful Christmas, the latest musical extravaganza from AnthonyKen. A portmanteau for producing and romantic partners Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman, AnthonyKen is perhaps best known the 2014 Sylvester bio Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, and the duo’s two-night, Soul Train-style Christmas special was just as roof-raisingly nostalgic. A mash-up of classic and contemporary Christmas standards, as seen in rainbow technicolor, A Soulful Christmas had everybody—including guests Naomi Campbell, Pat McGrath and Marc Jacobs—getting on up on Saturday night at Manhattan's Actors’ Temple.

Of AnthonyKen’s connection to the fashion triad, who sat together in back-to-back pews, co-producer and star Kendrell Bowman says it traces back to actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. “[Ralph] knows Lee Daniels, who brought Naomi with him as his guest during the Mighty Real’s Off-Broadway engagement a few years ago; she was working on his show Empire,” Bowman tells us. “When we met [Naomi], we clicked instantly and kept in contact through the years.”

It’s no surprise that Campbell enlisted Jacobs and McGrath as her plus-two for A Soulful Christmas, which featured lightly parodic Motown and disco-era acts like a rainbow-hued Jacksonian five-piece called the Harlem Five: From serving as muse to McGrath's 70s-inspired Metalmorphosis 005 palette to recently rocking Perry Ellis redux by Jacobs—who incidentally also attended the fashion-forward Hamilton premiere—Campbell's trips down memory lane with fashion's founding mothers and fathers are nothing new. But any time this many fashion icons are under one non-Fashion Week roof, we call it a Christmas miracle.

Naomi Campbell, Marc Jacobs and cast

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